February is finally over without much respite from this winter’s cold and snow. We ended up with 18.4″ of snow which is 10.7″ above normal for the month and 16.4″ above normal for the season.

This winter has been brutal on CRE snow budgets. Here are a couple of tips we wrote in January to help soften the blow.

Today (March 3) we hit the beautiful milestone of 50 days of subzero temperatures for the winter with 16 of our 28 days in February having lows below 0. This got me thinking how this winter compares to previous winters for snowfall.

The first two months of 2014 have turned out to be the snowiest of the past 5 seasons.

monthly snow comparison - 5 years

However, this data begins to get VERY interesting when you compare the number of events from each year.

events comparison - 5 yearsAlready this year, we have surpassed the number of events (snow or icing that could require service) from any of the previous 5 seasons. If you have properties that receive service at 1″ or less, you are probably seeing tremendous stress on your snow budget because there have been so many events this winter requiring service.

This doesn’t even take into account for the number of deicing calls between events requiring service.

However, we are not yet anywhere near the seasonal totals of 2010/11 where we had 33.6″ in the month of December.

seasonal snow comparison - 5 years

March 2014 Precip Outlook

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is calling for below normal temps (shocker!) but also for below average precipitation in March.

February Rundown

February totals:

  • February – 18.4″ (10.7″ above normal)
  • 9″ to 11″ Event: 2/20-2/21/14 (9.9″)
  • 3″ to 5″ Event: 2/17/14 (4.9″)
  • 1″ to 3″ Event: 2/15/14 (1.8″)
  • Trace – 1″ Event: 2/12/14 (.5″), 2/24/14 (.2″), 2/28/14 (.9″)

2013/14 Season totals: